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All you male readers beware: Genie has put in force her answer to my “man cave.” She calls it her “she shed.”

It is in two different rooms—one on the ground floor corner of the house with windows facing east and south, the other in the basement with a window facing north. The ground floor has yellow walls with floral print border, hardwood floors, and a white ceiling. The basement room is half-log looking halfway up with Wainscoting paneling the rest of the way to the ceiling, carpeted floor with a white ceiling and lots of light.

In the rooms are: her own TV, a fainting couch (chaise lounge), a sewing machine, a bookcase with books, a CD player for her background music, a basket of yarn, spools of thread, a desk for her cards and letters, necessary items for crocheting and knitting plus all the fabric with sewing notions, a day bed for when she gets tired, and a computer with printer and copier.

Last but not least is a sign by each room’s entrance: “Open by appointment only,” in big, bold letters.

For the third time, we have received a renewal billing for magazines purchased out of Harlan, IA. This time it was Reader’s Digest. We knew it was a scam as the return payment was an address in California. Readers beware as all payments are sent to Harlan, IA.

My third different grandson called from his hospital bed with a sob story asking for money. I asked if he was Mike, to which he said, “yes.” I replied, “You’re a scam ‘cause I don’t have a grandson.”

Click—end of call, as he hung up.

In asking Alexa, the new iPad will be available shortly on a street corner near you for half the price.

On Monday, Oct. 9, I arrived at the Albert Lea Post Office at about 7:30 a.m. right behind a young lady who tried to open the door, but it wouldn’t open. I tried; it wouldn’t open. We were confused. Do you know why we were left confused?

Genie and I toured the open house at St. John’s in Albert Lea. In summary—wow.

After this column, future columns will not be every week until April or May. We plan on deer hunting in November, ice fishing in December and January, Eelpout Festival in February, a trip to Arkansas in March, and a visit to our daughter and the outer banks in North Carolina in April.


Short Shorts:

A. The last hummer of the season at our feeder was Thursday, Oct. 5

B. The first snowbird for the season was at our feeder Wednesday, Oct. 11

C. Drive east on Highway 30 out of Ellendale over the freeway; at the first blacktop road (to Geneva) turn right; take notice of the pumpkin impersonator in a driveway to your right

D. This December, remember, “Jesus is the reason for the season”

E. Hope to see some of you on the Dec. 2 F.R.O.G. bus to Christmas by the Lake and the buffet afterwards at Wok-N-Roll in Albert Lea—call (507) 373-8655 for reservations


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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